Like it or not, sweater weather is here and it’s gonna be around for a while – so you better boost your immune systems before you catch a cold. Sadly, if you’re reading this, you are one of many people, like me, who had already gotten sick and probably is now.
If traditional salt-water gargles and over the counter meds still aren’t doing the trick to rid you of your sore throat, it may be time to try something new. Thankfully we are on hand to deliver you a handy list of foods that will cure what ails you. You’re welcome.
Sadly this doesn’t mean you can just eat the candy… Licorice root steeped in water might just be the thing to boost your immune system. A 2015 journal from Scientific Reports concluded that drinking water for six continuous days increases T-cell production, crucial players in keeping up our immunity. Gargling licorice extract for one minute significantly reduces soreness too.
Steep some dried sage in a mug of warm water, or sprinkle it into your next bowl of chicken soup. It will help you fight inflammation and has been used by populations for centuries to alleviate physical discomfort of all sorts. Probably the sagest advice I’ve ever dished out…
3. Ice cream
You probably already knew this, but it’s always nice to be told you’re allowed to eat treats. If you’ve had your tonsils removed this method of healing will be all too familiar to you. It’s proven that cold foods provide pain relief, and the fact that dairy makes colds worse is a myth. No mucus is harmed in the consumption of dairy according to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition – which gives us the green light to enjoy some much needed raspberry ripple.
I’m talking green, I’m talking chai, I’m talking cranberry, lemon & ginger, anything you can get your hands on (or find in the cupboard if you don’t wanna go outside). De-caf or regular, tea can salve pain and help give your body’s infection-fighting response a useful kick up the backside. A lot of the more exotic flavors also lower stress, increase focus and crack down on inflammation.
This sweet treat has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help clear infection and soothe pain, so suggests a review from the American Journal of Therapeutics. Why not go the natural (and far tastier) route when attempting to soothe yourself? Plus, who needs an excuse to eat honey on toast!
The gnarly-looking root may look terrifying in the grocery store but it’s actually packed with anti-inflammatory properties that can calm that pesky throat irritation. Chop it up and put it in some hot water, put it into some smoothies, even put it in some Bourbon for “cough syrup for grown-ups”.
Hopefully, with one (or several!) of these remedies, you’ll be back to normal in no time. Just please make sure you cover your mouth on public transport in the meantime, because nobody wants your cooties. If another person coughs in my face, I won’t be held accountable for my actions.